WHAT PEOPLE WITH PAIN SHOULD KNOW
Our job at the American Pain Foundation is to provide people with pain with practical, up-to-date, scientifically-sound information about pain and pain management. We also encourage people with pain to learn all they can about pain and pain management treatment options, become their own best advocates, and demand the treatment they need and deserve.
If you are a person with pain, you should know that:
- Pain is a national healthcare crisis. As a person with pain, you are among either the more than 50 million Americans suffering from chronic pain, or the 25 million experiencing acute pain as a result of injury or surgery.
- Although most pain can be managed or greatly eased with proper pain management, the tragedy is that most pain goes untreated, undertreated, or is improperly treated.
- With proper pain management, your overall health, well-being, and quality of life will improve. Your mind and body will be less stressed. You'll be able to sleep better and enjoy relationships with friends and family. You may also be able to resume your normal activities including going to work and taking part in social activities.
- Finding good pain care and taking control of pain can be hard work. As a person with pain, you should become your own best advocate. Learn all they can about pain and possible treatments, and insist on the care you need and deserve.